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Hackney Labour has launched its detailed manifesto for the Mayoral and local elections setting out the vision, values and policy commitments for the next four years to make Hackney a great place to be, for everyone.

At a rally at the City Academy on Homerton Row on 10th April, attended by hundreds of local party members, the two Labour MPs for Hackney, Labour’s candidates in the European election and Shadow Minister for Justice and London, Sadiq Khan MP, Mayor Jules Pipe outlined Labour’s record in Hackney.

Since Jules Pipe was elected in 2002 and Labour gained control of previously hung and failing Hackney Council, Hackney Labour’s record is one of getting thousands of people into jobs; providing some of the best libraries, leisure facilities and parks; achieving some of the greatest school improvements in the country; keeping Hackney’s streets amongst the cleanest in London; and building more affordable housing than almost anywhere else in the UK.

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Jules Pipe set out how Hackney Labour will work to secure the best outcomes for all residents living in the borough – driven by fairness, greater opportunity and social mobility for those that are disadvantaged, so that everyone can benefit from the rising prosperity happening across Hackney.

He said: “I want all those who live and work in Hackney  to know exactly what Labour wants to do for Hackney over the next four years. Our borough manifesto sets out our pledges to make Hackney a great place to succeed, enjoy, grow up, live and to call home.

“Alongside this, we will continue to defend residents against this Tory Government’s cuts – the worst reductions to the public sector in more than 60 years - and support people through the welfare changes.

“But to build a great future for our borough, we must do more – Labour’s vision is for Hackney’s communities to be stronger and more cohesive. Our ambition is that no one is left behind, and that we build capacity in individuals and families to support themselves and take advantage of education, skills training and help to find jobs.

“Tonight, I have set out how Hackney residents can have confidence in us to deliver on our promises.”

The full manifesto for the 2014 Mayoral and local elections can be downloaded here.

Details of the Labour candidates standing in the elections are here.

Hackney Labour launches manifesto for 2014

Hackney Labour has launched its detailed manifesto for the Mayoral and local elections setting out the vision, values and policy commitments for the next four years to make Hackney a...

On Wednesday this week, the Council passed the Budget for 2014/15 keeping council tax frozen for the ninth year in a row.


There is £1.1bn of spending in the budget on vital services in Hackney including:
  • £47.7m on the public realm including street cleaning, graffiti removal, maintaining street lights, recycling, providing cycle training for local residents
  • £86m on adult social care – including supporting residents to live as independently as possible, mental health services, and services for people with learning disabilities
  • £7.7m on libraries, museum and culture.
  • £7.5m on managing Hackney’s 56 parks
  • £29.8m on public health services including sexual health services, reducing obesity, smoking cessation and drug and alcohol misuse services.
  • £254m on schools
  • £6.7m on environmental health, licensing and planning
  • £41.5m on children’s social care
  • £16m on the Young Hackney service
  • £4.6m on community safety, the integrated gangs unit, domestic violence response and emergency planning.

 

Council tax has also been frozen for the ninth consecutive year. At the Budget meeting, Mayor Pipe made it clear that increasing Council Tax would not have made up for the scale of cuts imposed on Hackney by central Government. He said: "Increasing Council Tax at this time would add more financial pressure to those in need, for little benefit to services. Despite collecting 97% of what is owed each year, a 2% rise in Council Tax bills would yield only £360,000 extra which is dwarfed by the £100m cut in central Government grant."

There have been unprecedented cuts to council funding from the Coalition Government since 2010 and £100m has been cut from Hackney’s grant.  The cuts have been disproportionately high in some of the most deprived areas of the country, and there has been a sustained attempt from central Government to permanently reduce the size and scope of local services. As Jules Pipe set out when introducing the Budget, the priority in Hackney has been to keep providing services that residents depend on, finding new ways of working and new sources of funding.

He said: “We have had to make tough decisions and we have seen job losses, in common with many local authorities up and down the country, and it is clear that we will have to make further tough decisions in the future. Our priority over the coming year is to protect the services that matter most to them, to keep our streets clean, keep our parks and libraries open and welcoming and to care for the most vulnerable members of our community.”
The Tory and Lib Dem groups on the Council put forward amendments to the Budget. These included measures such as stopping 20mph zones, Controlled Parking Zones, cutting the street cleaning budget, and the highways maintenance budget. This would have a big material impact on our environment in Hackney and is a reckless approach.

Hackney freezes council tax for ninth year

On Wednesday this week, the Council passed the Budget for 2014/15 keeping council tax frozen for the ninth year in a row.

Have a look at this video from Hackney Council and the pollsters Ipsos MORI. They asked 1016 Hackney residents between January and March 2013 what they thought about the area they lived in.  These were the results.

VIDEO - Living in Hackney: The Ipsos / MORI poll of residents 2013

Have a look at this video from Hackney Council and the pollsters Ipsos MORI. They asked 1016 Hackney residents between January and March 2013 what they thought about the area...

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